Inspired by Pete's recent post on the use of the ends of drinks cans for use on a Bogie tank wagon. I thought of another really easy to create use of drinks cans for modelling purposes. First slit the bottom end off the can, this is easy to do using a Stanley type knife to get it started and then if you find it easier you can cut the rest of the way around with sturdy scissors. I would leave approximately a 10mm lip but you can leave a bit less as in the image below. Then snip vertically down all the way around at 5-10mm intervals cut down to the line when the can starts to flare outwards (it's quite visible on the inside) it's isn't too critical thay each cut is exactly to the line. Then start folding some of the pieces over. I folded the first two or three until they were horizontal but once I had some room to manoeuvre I bent them right round to the underside of the rim. Work your way around until you can then finish bending those that you left partially bent. Once bent fully, you are left with a remarkably smooth underside. This gives you a really useful paint palette or for mixing epoxy etc. once they get really messed up you can still pop them in the recycling having a had a second or more life from them. Then slit the middle section vertically and you can use strips cut off it, for wrapping things that you don't want marking by the vice or lathe chuck. I always have a couple of can's worth behind the lathe but until today I hade been putting both ends in the recycling. All in took around 5 minutes to make.